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Banks County

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Incorporated Date: 
December 11, 1858
Population: 
16,760
Total Area: 
233.7 sq mi
Contact Information
150 Hudson Ridge, Suite 1
Homer, GA 30547
Phone Number: 
(706) 677-6200
Fax Number: 
(706) 677-4330

Banks County, established in 1858, carved itself from tracts of Habersham and Franklin counties' lands. Since the Treaty of Augusta in 1783, the county's territory had bordered the Cherokee Indian Nation, and so, fittingly, the county honors a circuit-riding physician, Dr. Richard Banks of Gainesville, who treated not only settlers of the area but their Cherokee neighbors when smallpox struck. Homer is the county seat.